Fruits

Fruit Crop Guesstimate shows winter’s impact

Coming off back-to-back winters that challenged Michigan growers, industry leaders gathered June 24 to guess the size of 2015’s fruit crops. “We’ve experienced two harsh winters in a row and we’re also continuing to experience... more »

Stemilt awards $37,500 in college scholarships

Stemilt Growers is helping send six students to college this fall through its participation inWashington Apple Education Foundation’s (WAEF) scholarship program. The company awarded over $37,500 in college scholarships in 2015 through WAEF, and its... more »

Marketing order approval could boost cranberry promotion

In light of considerable market turmoil in the U.S. cranberry industry in recent years, Michelle Hogan was a bit surprised when growers recently approved the continuance of the industry’s federal marketing order. Hogan, newly appointed... more »

USDA broadens crop insurance options for fruit producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options for fruit and nut producers. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are... more »

Jolene Brown to keynote farm marketing program at Great Lakes EXPO

Jolene Brown will make the keynote presentation for the farm marketing program at the 2015 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, to be held Dec. 8-10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Brown is a farmer,... more »

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for July 28

This is the seventh weekly report of the Michigan State University Extension spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) monitoring network. Traps in the network are baited with Trece lures and placed near susceptible crops and wild hosts... more »

California fines companies that sold fruits with illegal pesticide residue

The California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has taken decisive action against six companies that ignored warnings, and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues to predominantly ethnic minority customers. The fines... more »

Florida Citrus Commission appoints interim executive director

The Florida Citrus Commission unanimously appointed Shannon Shepp as interim executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus.Shepp has served as the Department’s deputy executive director since August 2013, where she has been responsible for... more »

MSU: Small farmers can make food safety work

This case study provides an overview of the processes, challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from the Group Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) pilot project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The project goal was to test... more »

Recap: IFTA’s 2015 Regional Summer Tour

Innovation and dexterity are in ample supply in the Washington state fruit industry. This was on full display during the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) summer tour in mid-July.At Stemilt Ag Services – Saddle Mountain... more »


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